Massive deforestation, intrusion at Rengti hills; Environmentalist raises concern

Silchar, Apr 8 : The Assam Mizoram border dispute seems to be far from tumble, as new incident of intrusion and rampant deforestation of Assam Reserved Forest land has sparked a fresh sense of fear among the border residents.

As per the locals of border area, when the Assam police forces have gone busy with the conduct of Assam Assembly polls, the Mizoram unscrupulous took to misdemeanor of occupying Assam forest land and redrawing border as per their own will.

It is also learnt that the Mizo aggressors have demarcated their ‘occupied’ lands by planting around 50 bamboo sticks, with cross marks on it, across the Rengti hills in Assam Mizoram border.

Apart from this, the mizos miscreants are trekking to the Assam side of the Rengti hill and practicing the unscientific Jhum cultivation to axe and burn trees, that were planted and nourished by Assam forest department for years.

Recent images that have emerged from the said location also pictures ‘Mizo’ written over large trees, warning the forest area ahead of the point belonging to Mizoram side.

“Our team has reached the spot and will investigate the matter on whether the said land comes on Assam or Mizoram state. Jhum Cultivation is very well practiced on the Mizoram side” Cachar DFO Sunnydeo Choudhury said to this website when contacted.

Environmentalists have alleged that, from last few weeks these people have burnt down a massive amount of reserved forest land which is negatively impacting environment and ecosystem. The locals shared deep resentment on the rampant deforestation and expressed apprehension of Mizo terror if central forces are not increased in the border.

The locals also took to complain against the withdrawl of armed force from Dholakal LP school, which was last year placed after border flare up with the Mizoram.

Mizoram shares a 164.6-km border with three districts of Assam. Several dialogues held since 1995 to resolve the border dispute have yielded little results. The two states are often at loggerheads over the boundary, which they dispute.

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